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Jan
3
comment Floating in Tanach?
@Yahu How do you know it wasn't just protective?
Jan
2
comment Floating in Tanach?
Maybe a new question. . . but what is the פשט in that verb? רש"י equates it to צף (intransitive) with no discussion. רד"ק suggests it could be the intransitive הפעיל (?) of the same verb that appears as a transitive הפעיל in דברים יא:ד. The מצודת ציון (characteristically) cites the latter reference with no explanation. What is going on? Is it causative? Transitive? Is there such thing as an intransitive causative and could that be רד"ק's way of describing ergative, which is the closest thing (I think) to "float"'s type (no pun intended) in English? Pardon my ignorance of רד"ק's terminology.
Jan
2
comment And all the Army of Hashem Left
The רמב"ן at the beginning of במדבר on "לצבאתם" says it can mean large numbers of people.
Jan
2
comment Untrustworthy sifrei halacha?
The same goes for the Aruch Hashulchan, but I think you answered that question in your answer: It is for people whose y'shivos follow the Mishna B'rura's derech and not that of the Aruch Hashulchan.
Jan
2
comment Untrustworthy sifrei halacha?
@YDK I understand that people should not be (and generally are not) paskening straight from the Mishna B'rura but it still seems like a version of Mishna B'rura with piskei Chazon Ish at the bottom doesn't reflect the opinions of "other big Halachic rulers". It just gives the opinion of one such ruler - the Chazon Ish. There must be a reason that specifically he is printed in that version of the Mishna B'rura. Mustn't there?
Jan
2
comment And all the Army of Hashem Left
Your translation of "צבאות" is assuming it means "army [sic] of". I think this question is on the translator and not the פסוק.
Jan
2
comment Floating in Tanach?
I don't think there is any reference to Moshe's teva floating per se , is there?
Jan
2
comment Forgot to wash but said hamotzi
Are you sure he means that he may wash and make the b'racha ? The precedent case is one where he had already washed but forgot to say al n'tilas yadayim yet.
Dec
31
comment Untrustworthy sifrei halacha?
Are you saying that these were arbitrary pairings of גדולים, each with no more intent behind it than to increase the number of opinions on the page?
Dec
31
comment Untrustworthy sifrei halacha?
This would imply that the reasons for the two s'farim I mentioned are actually quite different. The Mishna B'rura is for those learning halacha who happen to want to know if the Chazon Ish disagrees with any given p'sak. The Aruch Hashulchan is for people who learn/pasken like the Mishna B'rura but want more iyun without being misled into thinking it is authoritative. Is this correct?
Dec
31
comment Untrustworthy sifrei halacha?
The linked edition of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (is very impressive and) seems to be an attempt to present "the full range" of opinions, as an encyclopedic reference. I can intuitively understand it more than the examples I cited, each of which provides exactly two opinions that do not seem to cover too "wide a range" in terms of p'sak.
Dec
31
comment Pharoh's privacy at the Nile
I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, כל הקודם זוכה.
Dec
31
comment Rationalist Position on Bible Ancients' Long Lives
@Isaac Moses If he does mean the approach of a rationalist like that, why doesn't somebody. . . ask him? Also, I think you need to specify the www directory. Link: rationalistjudaism.com
Dec
29
comment Bracha for Quinoa
Should that '*' point to something like "*oats may not be the grain referred to by the term shiboles shu'al according to archaeo-botanists like Felix"?
Dec
29
comment Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
I don't understand what the rabbi's answer meant. In what way was the picture worse than an erva ?
Dec
29
comment Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
Took me a second, but yes!
Dec
29
comment Saying words of prayer or Torah while an immodest photo or drawing is in your field of vision?
Your question immediately reminded me of this post on Hirhurim from some years ago regarding learning Torah on the subway in general, which addressed only human immodesty and not the depicted kind but is an interesting (3-part) read nonetheless. hirhurim.blogspot.com/2005/09/learning-torah-on-subway.html
Dec
28
comment paying for an apartment
@Desert Star I do not endorse the practices I've mentioned from a standpoint of halacha or practicality. I cannot claim to know to what degree the practitioners of these practices consider such things in their important life decisions.
Dec
28
comment Gezeira of Rabbeinu Gershom text
@inSeattle Who is the author of the site you linked?
Dec
28
comment The Meaning of Aishdas
אה"נ that it's a paraphrase but Rash"i is explaining the word דתינה as "toward their calculations" or something similar.